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Definition 1: the act of applying force to propel something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where thrust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off

Synonyms for thrust in the sense of this definition

(thrust is a kind of ...) the act of propelling

(... is a kind of thrust ) (colloquial) the application of maximum thrust

"he moved the throttle to the firewall"

(... is a kind of thrust ) the act of applying force suddenly

"the impulse knocked him over"

Definition 2: a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument - [noun denoting act]

Samples where thrust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • one strong stab to the heart killed him

Synonyms for thrust in the sense of this definition

(thrust is a kind of ...) a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

"a blow on the head"

(... is a kind of thrust ) (fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward

(... is a kind of thrust ) (fencing) a second thrust made on the same lunge (as when your opponent fails to riposte)

Definition 3: a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where thrust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he warned me with a jab with his finger
  • he made a thrusting motion with his fist

Synonyms for thrust in the sense of this definition

(thrust is a kind of ...) motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling

Definition 4: verbal criticism - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where thrust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he enlivened his editorials with barbed thrusts at politicians

(thrust is a kind of ...) disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

"the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"

Definition 5: the force used in pushing - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where thrust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the push of the water on the walls of the tank
  • the thrust of the jet engines

Synonyms for thrust in the sense of this definition

(thrust is a kind of ...) (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity

"force equals mass times acceleration"

Definition 6: impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably - [verb of communication]

Samples where thrust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She forced her diet fads on him

Synonyms for thrust in the sense of this definition

(thrust is a kind of ...) force somebody to do something

"We compel all students to fill out this form"

(... is a kind of thrust ) saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous

"They stuck me with the dinner bill" "I was stung with a huge tax bill"

Definition 7: penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for thrust in the sense of this definition

(thrust is a kind of ...) pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

"The bullet penetrated her chest"

(... is a kind of thrust ) pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed

"He stuck the needle into his finger"

(... is a kind of thrust ) pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument

"he stuck the cloth with the needle"

(... is a kind of thrust ) pierce with a wooden pin or knock or thrust a wooden pin into

(... is a kind of thrust ) make a small hole in something as a guide for a drill

(... is a kind of thrust ) pierce with a sharp stake or point

"impale a shrimp on a skewer"

(... is a kind of thrust ) stab or pierce with a horn or tusk

"the rhino horned the explorer"

(... is a kind of thrust ) wound by piercing with a sharp or penetrating object or instrument

(... is a kind of thrust ) pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight

Definition 8: place or put with great energy - [verb of contact]

Samples where thrust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She threw the blanket around the child
  • thrust the money in the hands of the beggar

Synonyms for thrust in the sense of this definition

(thrust is a kind of ...) put into a certain place or abstract location

"Put your things here" "Set the tray down" "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children" "Place emphasis on a certain point"

(... is a kind of thrust ) put or thrust suddenly and forcefully

"pop the pizza into the microwave oven" "He popped the petit-four into his mouth"

Definition 9: push forcefully - [verb of motion]

Samples where thrust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He thrust his chin forward

(thrust is a kind of ...) move with force

"He pushed the table into a corner"

(... is a kind of thrust ) poke or thrust abruptly

"he jabbed his finger into her ribs"

(... is a kind of thrust ) stab or pierce

"he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife"

(... is a kind of thrust ) push with the shoulders

"He shouldered his way into the crowd"

(... is a kind of thrust ) push or shove upward, as if from below or behind

"The singer had to be boosted onto the stage by a special contraption"

(... is a kind of thrust ) force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically

"She rammed her mind into focus" "He drives me mad"

(... is a kind of thrust ) strike or drive against with a heavy impact

"ram the gate with a sledgehammer" "pound on the door"

(... is a kind of thrust ) drive forcibly as if by a punch

"the nail punched through the wall"

(... is a kind of thrust ) thrust down or into

"dig the oars into the water" "dig your foot into the floor"

Definition 10: make a thrusting forward movement - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for thrust in the sense of this definition

(thrust is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of thrust ) move with sudden speed

"His forefinger darted in all directions as he spoke"

(... is a kind of thrust ) make a return thrust

"his opponent riposted"

Definition 11: press or force - [verb of motion]

Samples where thrust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Stuff money into an envelope
  • She thrust the letter into his hand

Synonyms for thrust in the sense of this definition

(thrust is a kind of ...) move with force

"He pushed the table into a corner"

Definition 12: push upward - [verb of stative]

Samples where thrust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The front of the trains that had collided head-on thrust up into the air

Synonyms for thrust in the sense of this definition

(thrust is a kind of ...) extend out or project in space

"His sharp nose jutted out" "A single rock sticks out from the cliff"

(thrust has a similar meaning as ...) force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock

Definition 13: force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock - [verb of stative]

(thrust has a similar meaning as ...) push upward

"The front of the trains that had collided head-on thrust up into the air"

(thrust belongs to category ...) a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks

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